Michele Jancola

Many Highlands women were encouraged at the Come to the Garden brunch on July 30. The theme of our time together was based on Matthew 11:28-30, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and by burden is light.” Guest speaker Susan Camerer spoke about finding a place where we can rest and spend time with our Savior. For Susan, that place is her garden.

Many of the women attending shared that when the weather allows, they also find rest and a time where they can reflect on and hear from the Lord when they are surrounded by His creation, whether that be in their garden, the forest, a park or by the water. Other women shared that they have a favorite place in their homes where they retreat to spend quiet time with the Lord. We discussed how our time of rest with the Lord will look different at different stages or seasons of life. It may be only 10-15 minutes a day if you have young children at home or are working full time. It could be a couple hours a day if you are retired or an empty nester. However, we were all reminded how important it is to take that time with the Lord.

Every day we have the opportunity to find rest in our relationship with God. He waits for us. I encourage us to enter that wonderful time of rest with Him. At the brunch, two of HCC’s high school girls sang the old hymn, In the Garden. It sweetly summarized the invitation to this time with God, “I come to the garden alone, while the dew is still on the roses, and the voice I hear falling on my ear, The Son of God discloses. And He walks with me, and He talks with me, and He tells me I am His own and the joy we share as we tarry there, non other has ever known.”